The Japan Foundation Manila Announces Publication of Art Archive 01

Another milestone in culture and the arts in the country has been achieved as The Japan Foundation, Manila is excited to announce the publication of Art Archive 01: A Collection of Essays on Filipino Contemporary Visual & Performing Arts.  It is the first book in a series that explores current trends and concerns in Philippine contemporary arts and culture. Art Archive 01 features essays by contemporary artists, performers, art writers, curators, journalists, and experts in the field of Philippine contemporary art, dance, and theater.

They hope that this publication will not only serve as a resource for readers interested specifically in Filipino art, but that it will also contribute constructively to the dialogue on contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

Art Archive 01 is edited by Patricia Tumang, a contributing editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News and designed by Reymart Martin and Vince Africa of the local branding and design studio, the Public School Manila. With contributions from Ringo Bunoan, Rina Angela Corpus, Jewel Chuansu, Marika Constantino, Irwin Cruz, Mayumi Hirano, Lisa Ito-Tapang, Duffie Hufana Osental, Ness Roque-Lumbres, Sarah Salazar-Aronson, and Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco, the essays put forward a diverse set of perspectives about contemporary visual and performing arts in the archipelago.

In line with the Japan Foundation’s aim of carrying out comprehensive international exchange programs throughout the world, the book is published in a digital format for accessibility and distribution on a global scale. As a primer, it is meant to be used as a resource to foster cultural exchange and knowledge sharing for artists, educators, curators, museum-goers, galleries, performing arts spaces, and art and cultural institutions in the Philippines and abroad.

Download links:
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Art Archive 01 (Low-Quality File 7MB) –

• “New Trajectories of Contemporary Visual and Performing Arts in the Philippines” by Patricia Tumang
Retracing Histories
• “Excavating Spaces and Histories: The Case of Shop 6” by Ringo Bunoan
• “Visual Arts and Activisim in the Philippines: Notes on a New Season of
Discontent” by Lisa Ito-Tapang
• “Bridge Over the Current: Artist-Run Festivals in the Philippines” by Mayumi Hirano
• “Reflect & Regenerate: A Community Conversation About Organizing Ourselves”by Marika Constantino
Movement & Performativity
• “Understanding the Contemporary in Philippine Theatre” by Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco
• “Mapping Out Contemporary Dance in the Philippines” by Rina Angelo Corpus
• “Sa_Labas / Outsiders: A Brief History of Why/When/Where We Do What We Do in Performance” by Ness Roque-Lumbres & Sarah Salazar-Aronson
Redefining Contemporary Visual Art
• “Global Filipino Contemporary Artists” by Jewel Chuansu
• “Contemporary Visual Art in Cebu” by Duffie Hufana Osental
• “Filters: A View of Recent Philippine Contemporary Photography” by Irwin Cruz

About the Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation is the only institution dedicated to carrying out Japan’s comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of cultivating friendship and ties between Japan and the world through culture, language, and dialogue, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding.
With a global network consisting of its Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto office, two Japanese language institutes, and 24 overseas offices in 23 countries, the Japan Foundation is active in three areas: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

Established in 1996, the Japan Foundation, Manila has been fostering friendship and ties between the Philippines and Japan for more than two decades through various cultural activities. Moreover, through the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s program, which was established in 2014, the Japan Foundation, Manila has been implementing activities under the new policy called the Wa Project – Toward Interactive Asia through “Fusion and Harmony,” which makes the activities of the Japan Foundation, Manila more diverse and encompassing.


Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe:, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.